2. Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America’s “Peculiar” Region

Professor David Blight: Well, go South with me today. We’re going to take up this question initially of–it’s an old, old, old American question–how peculiar, or distinctive, or different is the American South? That used to be a question you could ask in quite some comfort. The “Dixie difference,” as a recent book title called […]

Hilton: We now have a booming economy, but a broken society

Paul Krugman Teaches Economics and Society | Official Trailer | MasterClass

[MUSIC PLAYING] We live in strange times. The housing bubble burst– rise of China– and the rise of inequality. Health is a very big deal. Taxes are a front rank issue. Blue-collar jobs were lost. Two groups have been left behind. But it’s a complicated story. Instead of saying, ah, it’s a complicated world, I […]

How Virtual Reality Games Can Impact Society, Encourage Prosperity

RAY SUAREZ: Finally tonight: video games, virtual reality and how changes in those technologies may be connected with economic behavior. “NewsHour” economics correspondent Paul Solman and Paul’s avatar are our guides, part of his ongoing reporting Making Sense of financial news. And you should know his story contains some video game violence. MAN: You should […]

Why tech industry monopolies could be a ‘curse’ for society

JUDY WOODRUFF: But first: These past couple of years have been a kind of turning point for public attitudes about some tech and social media giants. It’s led some to ask broader questions about monopolies, power and competition. At his confirmation hearing this week, William Barr, the nominee to be attorney general, told senators — […]